Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti created this fund to support a variety of civic projects in the city.

FUNDING AREAS: Job access and creation, neighborhood resiliency, disaster preparedness, public spaces, traffic, city government efficiency 

IP TAKE: This fund kicked off with a strong start and a savvy business model. Grantmaking is expected to ramp up soon and play a big part in the newly exploding philanthropy scene in Southern California.

PROFILE: The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles was modeled after Michael Bloomberg’s Mayor's Fund in New York City. The fund, naturally, has a strict Los Angeles focus, with a goal to bring together private, philanthropic, nonprofit and government resources to tackle the city’s most pressing challenges. Collaboration among donor groups is at the heart of this fund's strategy. Upon the fund’s creation, Mayor Garcetti emphasized that he has no control over the fund’s money and that its purpose is to serve future administrations as well as his own.

The fund’s priorities are economic prosperity (job access and creation), community resiliency/disaster preparedness, quality of life (neighborhoods, public space and traffic), and city government efficiency. In the fund’s first year, it raised $14.6 million and spent about $4.7 million. However, the fund is expected to start spending more money on grantmaking as it becomes more established and focused.

Grantmaking decisions are made by the fund’s board, not the mayor’s office. You can view a list of current board members and supporters on the fund’s website. Supporters include big-name L.A.-area foundations like the Annenberg Foundation and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, as well as community foundations, bank funders, sports team foundations, corporate donors and individual philanthropists.

Thus far, the Mayor’s Fund has been interested in issues like water conservation, domestic abuse prevention, crime reduction and job creation. Programs supported have included the Leonard Hill Arts Plaza, Climate Summit 2015, Save the Drop, Hire L.A.’s Youth, Homes for Heroes, and Immigrant Integration/Step Forward L.A. You can learn about many programs that have caught the Mayor’s Fund’s attention on its Program Spotlight page.

Unfortunately for grantseekers, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles does not accept unsolicited grant proposals or solicitations. However, you can reach out to the staff with general questions at or 213-545-2058. You can also follow this funder on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with current events.


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